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Top IBM i Stories from Around the Web
(IT Jungle) IBM has extended support for IBM i 6.1 and IBM i 6.1.1. With the three-year extension, 6.1 will reach more than a decade of support from Big Blue. The extended services will include new PTF fixes and the fees will be prorated based on the number of cores running IBM i 6.1 and 6.1.1. READ MORE >
(IT Jungle) Web application development depends on two document formats for the interchange of business data: XML and JSON. The smaller (lighter weight), quicker to transmit, and more efficient is JSON. It is the new favorite in IBM i shops, just as it is on other platforms. It showed up in the release of IBM i 7.2 in October and we'll be seeing more support for JSON in Technology Refresh 2 for IBM i 7.2 and Technology Refresh 9 for IBM i 7.1. READ MORE >
(IT Jungle) One of the faster growing businesses in the North American temporary staffing industry depends on the IBM i platform. It relies on a Greenfield Software application called TempServ running on a virtualized IBM Power 720 that allows separate application environments and databases for each of its franchise operators. READ MORE >
(IT Jungle) Everywhere you look, you find consultants. People transitioning from traditional full-time jobs to what amounts to freelance contract workers. The professional career doesn't seem to matter. People want to get into the consulting business. That's partly because businesses want to hire consultants. IBM i shops are no different from businesses at large. Welcome to the new job market. READ MORE >
(IT Jungle) JD Edwards ERP software, although owned by Oracle, has one of the largest IBM i installed bases in the IBM i community. Each year the three largest Oracle user groups combine to host a user group event called Collaborate. With more than 1,200 educational sessions, you can see there's a lot going on. And a lot of it is IBM i oriented. READ MORE >
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Vendor Announcements, Promotions, and Deals
(IT Jungle) Instead of modifying existing code, like the typical application modernization project, here's a software vendor that takes a different approach by building an additional layer on top of the existing applications. After analyzing the RPG and COBOL business logic, the software uses a wizard to automatically generate new interfaces, which could include a graphical user interface for Web or mobile devices, programmatic interfaces (a REST or XML Web service), and database interfaces. READ MORE >
(IT Jungle) Mobile access to core business applications is a big deal for many IBM i shops. And when your mobile workforce travels to some pretty remote places that are off the grid, keeping those business apps working without an Internet connection becomes a business problem. Offline access to a core business computer like an IBM i is not necessarily an easy thing to do. READ MORE >
(IT Jungle) Highly customized third-party software is frequently found in IBM i shops. And that frequency is on the rise. The benefit is having software that is a better fit for the individual companies that are deploying it. One size fits all just doesn't perform well enough for everyone. But customization has a tendency to make software upgrades painfully difficult, unless the complexity is controlled with management processes. READ MORE >
(IT Jungle) Mention SQL and data-centric development to some people and they wonder out loud: "What can it do for me?" One answer to that question is called the SQL Query File tool, which was engineered by the RPG programming legend Bob Cozzi. Check this out to see what ol' Bob has been up to. READ MORE >
Redbooks, White Papers, and Other OS/400 Resources
(HelpSystems) IBM i is one of technology's best-kept secrets. Little to no information has been available about this market that demonstrates what users are actually doing on the server. This recorded webinar examines a report based on a survey of 350 IBM i users from different industries and organization sizes around the world. It sheds light on topics such as current IT initiatives, plans to leave the platform, and server return on investment. A panel of industry experts, including Timothy Prickett Morgan, Ian Jarman, Alison Butterill, and Tom Huntington participate in the webinar. READ MORE >
(IT Jungle) Great technical tips and useful advice related to application and database development, system administration, and other topics are available in this large repository. What you'll find comes from many of brightest minds in the IBM i community including Ted Holt, Mike Sansoterra, Aaron Bartell, Susan Gantner, Jon Paris, Paul Tuohy to name a few. This is a free resource--no registration necessary--and it's Google searchable. READ MORE >
(IBM) The capability to convert fixed form RPG to free form RPG is one of the most far-reaching enhancements to the IBM i operating system. This article explains the free-form RPG function supported on IBM i, including its advantages and how to program for H, F, D and P specs within free-form. The support is intended to allow RPG to be easier to write and understand for programmers who are familiar with other high-level languages. READ MORE >
(IBM) The influential report titled "IBM i on Power Systems for Midsize Businesses," released two years ago by the marketing research company ITG, has been updated. If there's a debate going on in your organization regarding whether X86 running Windows is better investment than IBM i on Power Systems, this document will provide decision makers with a much needed fresh perspective. READ MORE >
Chats, Webinars, Seminars, Shows, and Other Happenings
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April 25 -- Anaheim, California - A half-day seminar called MODERNiZE 2015--featuring IBM i experts Scott Klement, Alison Butterill, Charles Guarino, and Ray Bernardi--will provide insights and advantages of both application and database modernization. Topics on the agenda include analyzing databases and code; tools for testing, version control and collaborative, agile development; creating modern Web and mobile IBM i applications; and extending existing investments in hardware, source code, and development talent. The event is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on the day before the COMMON Annual Conference and Exposition begins. It takes place in Disney's Grand Californian Hotel in Trillium rooms B & C. There is no cost for registration. Profound Logic and ARCAD Software are hosting. LEARN MORE >
April 26-29 -- Anaheim, California - The COMMON 2015 Annual Meeting and Exposition features four days of IBM i-, AIX-, and Linux-related education. More than 300 sessions and workshops will be available and more than 80 vendors will be on-site in the Power Systems Exposition. As always, there will be plenty of networking events taking place throughout the week. Register before the end of 2014 and there's a sizeable discount available. LEARN MORE >
April 30 -- Anaheim, California - New Generation Software is presenting a workshop focused on simplification of the IBM i reporting process using Windows functions. The session features NGS-IQ, New Generation's flagship query, reporting, and business intelligence suite for companies that want to move beyond Query/400 and other tools. No NGS-IQ product knowledge required. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the workshop begins at 9. This session is scheduled for the day after the conclusion of the COMMON conference in Anaheim. LEARN MORE >
May 6 & 7 -- Toronto, Canada -- The Toronto User Group's annual two-day technical conference will once again deliver a unique educational opportunity for IBM i professionals in southeastern Canada and the northeastern United States. The educational content includes topics such as performance management, Web and mobile development, application modernization, and accessing and optimizing IBM i data. A session agenda and speakers list for TEC 2015 is available online. Alison Butterill, product offering manager for IBM i, will be the keynote speaker. The event is being held at Seneca College at York University. Registration fee for TUG members is $695 and the fee for non-members is $795. An early registration discount is available until March 31. LEARN MORE >
May 11-15 -- Las Vegas, Nevada - Edge2015 is IBM's annual showcase of IT infrastructure innovation. This multifaceted event incorporates an executive summit and three technical conferences that highlight Power Systems, storage systems, and z Systems. Business luminaries are lined up to share best practices on how they have used new technologies to target new customers and create net new revenue. Educational sessions, a solutions exposition, certification testing, and keynote presentations by industry thought leaders provide attendees with a lot to think about. LEARN MORE >
May 14 -- Wauwatosa, Wisconsin - Two sessions on computer forensics presented by the U.S. Treasury Department's Jason Ohlde will be the highlight of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association monthly meeting. It will take place at Alito's Restaurant located at 3041 North Mayfair Road. LEARN MORE >
May 20 -- Jericho, New York - The Long Island System User Group is hosting its annual May Education Day. The main speaker is Scott Klement, an IBM i expert, award winning speaker, and product developer for Profound Logic Software. His session topics will include RPG user defined functions and table functions, JSON in RPG, and patterns for writing high quality, reusable RPG ILE code. Session abstracts are available online. Klement will also participate in a panel discussion on application modernization along with Trevor Perry from Fresche Legacy and Floyd Del Muro from Arcad Software. The event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and continue until 9:30 p.m. at the Milleridge Inn located at 585 North Broadway. LEARN MORE >
June 1-4 -- Austin, Texas - The CA 2E/Plex Worldwide Developer Conference includes pre-conference workshops and three days of educational sessions on topics ranging from application modernization, Web and mobile development, application strategy, product road maps, and business process management. Keynote addresses, roundtable discussions, small group deep dives, a hackathon, and a vendor expo are all part of the agenda. A discounted registration fee of $349 is available until May 1. LEARN MORE >
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